You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Harry Potter nowadays. The wizarding world has captured the imaginations of millions and despite the first film coming out a full 19 years ago, and the first book 23 years ago, you can still watch or read any of these and have a great time.
Due to the overwhelming demand for Potter content, it will come as no surprise to anyone that there are loads of different experiences you can do to scratch that magical itch, and in this blog, I’ve highlighted some of them so that fellow Potterheads can make sure part of their Bucket Lists have a magical section. These are just a few, so be sure to check online for other great ideas, like a Potter virtual escape room, Disneyland adventures and things relating to the Fantastic Beasts film.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Obviously, this list will include actually going to visit the Harry Potter studio in London. Here you’ll be able to pull back the curtain and see a lot of the behind the scenes details. You’ll also be able to visit set locations like Diagon Alley, The Great Hall, The Gryffindor Dormitory and the Forbidden forest.
With the exception of the full, life-size castles being created and used around the world in the big theme parks, this will be the closest anyone can get to attending Hogwarts for themselves. Make sure you take extra spending money as the gift shop and onsite food and drink could set you back a few galleons.
Go see Harry Potter and the cursed child
I am ashamed to say, I’ve not got around to doing this one just yet. That being said, everyone who has seen it has had nothing but good things to say. It continues the story from where the films left off with Harry’s kids and their adventures. The play is split into two separate stints and prices vary depending on the seats you choose and if you decide to buy both shows at once.
A close friend of mine, said the way they do the magic on stage is similar to that of a real magicians’ illusions, and you’re left asking yourself, are they really magic?
Enter platform 9-3/4s
Ok, you don’t actually get to run a trolley into a wall and discover a mysterious platform. You can try, but I doubt it will work out how you expect. However, you can, at Kings Cross station visit the Harry Potter shop. Just outside the shop is a luggage trolley, half immersed into the wall. You can queue up (length of the queue varies on time and chosen day) and get yourself a few pictures wearing your house colours and brandishing one of the many wands available. I myself, am a Ravenclaw.
The best part about this is, it’s free! You only need to pay if you want the proper photo. However, you can get a friend to take pictures, so it’s not really needed. The shop itself also contains loads of cool Harry Potter stuff. Sweets, clothes, books, or anything you can think of from the magical world.
Host a Harry Potter Party
This one, in my opinion, can be the best of them all, because you get to control how far you go. Think about it, you can:
Bake Harry Potter themed goodies
Decorate your house or garden with things like house banners, floating candles, and other Hogwarts style things
You can dress up – if you’re into that sort of thing
Play games or have the films on in the background
Potions that are cocktails
Make a platform 9-3/4s front door
There are loads of suggestions out there, and I think if you and your friends are Potterheads, it will make a particular occasion or night feel extra special.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland. What has this got to do with Harry Potter? – well, it’s the location of some of the iconic shots of the Hogwarts Express making its way to the school of witchcraft and wizardry. You can even ride a train across it – just keep an eye out for Dementors.
I went to Inverness at the end of 2019 and I’m sad to say I didn’t have a chance to go and see this. However, on the flip side, I am glad I have an excuse to go back!
As I said, these are just some suggestions. Harry Potter has grossed over 14 Billion Dollars from both the books and the films, and the stories have sparked so much interest, that you can do pretty much anything, but actually cast a real spell. Or can you?